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Melanie

Las vegas, NV, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 25 reviews
  • 25 ratings
  • 351 titles in library
  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • A Winter Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Richard Paul Evans
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (64)

    Joe is forced out of the family business by his jealous siblings. Moving on to another company, he soon becomes chief advisor to the CEO. But when the economy turns, Joe's siblings need his help to save the family business. Based on the Old Testament story about Joseph and the coat of many colors and including a love story, A Winter Dream can be embraced for its message of forgiveness by believers and nonbelievers alike.

    Susan Mather says: "Full of heart, emotional depth & wisdom"
    "Reading Mr. Evans Books is a Holiday Tradition"
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    Each holiday I look forward to reading one of Mr. Evans novels. This year's is a retelling of Joseph being sold in to Egypt. While some of the small details seemed to be a bit of a reach, the overall integrity of the story holds up. I found myself very touched by the treatment of the relationship between the main character and his beloved Father. I had never thought of this story from the point-of-view of Jacob -- and reading this book sent me right back to the original text in The Old Testament. I hope this little holiday tradition continues long into the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undomestic Goddess

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (284)
    Story
    (282)

    Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

    Lori O'Lin says: "a dream.."
    "Love Sophie Kinsella! Not my Favorite Book!"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book ... by the time it was all over. But that feeling, of OMG! I have to find an excuse to vacuum so I can listen to my new Sophie Kinsella book, didn't come quickly.

    The story will be a familiar one for Kinsella fans, Samantha the heroine must deal with a fast-paced job where she runs with sharks, a life-changing event happens to bump our Samantha off the fast-track, and she finds herself in a very unlikely spot, where wonder of wonders she finds that the not-so highly paced track has its appeal as well. By the time the second conflict of will she go back or not go back now that the choice is entirely hers rolls round -- you are just a couple of chapters away from the end of the book.

    In the end, I loved Samantha -- and even more I recognized her. Rosalyn Landor is a fantastic narrator. But this book just took too much time to get bubbling for me. Still a huge Sophie Kinsella fan and can't wait to read her next book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Twenties Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (520)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (307)

    When the spirit of Lara's great-aunt Sadie - a feisty, demanding girl with firm ideas about fashion, love, and the right way to dance - mysteriously appears, she has one last request: Lara must find a missing necklace that had been in Sadie's possession for more than 75 years, and Sadie cannot rest without it. Lara, on the other hand, has a number of ongoing distractions.

    Alison says: "Love this One of my Favorites of Sophie Kinsella's"
    "I Love Aunt Sadie! And,You Will Too!"
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    It took me a little bit to get into Twenties Girl, but once I did ... I was all the way in. I found myself loving Aunt Sadie. I loved the story of her life, her love affair with the neighbor and her missing necklace. Of course, I also really enjoyed Lara's story. I was happy to read about supportive parents as I found them very familiar and the charm of this story was just a total joy. I am a Sophie Kinsella fan, and this book was totally satisfying. Two thumbs up!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Best Thing: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Weiner
    • Narrated By Olivia Thirlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (280)

    At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

    Rebecca says: "Funny Story!"
    "Not Quite What I'd Hoped For"
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    Everytime I pick up or listen to a new Jennifer Weiner title, I think I look for Candy Shaprio. Ruthie was no Candy. As the key character of this novel, Ruthie is certainly likable as is her grandmother. It felt like there were autobiographical elements here, and maybe even a treatise on the TV show production business -- and while interesting to learn how TV shows are put together, I just never found myself able to fully embrace Ruthie or her story as I have other Jennifer Weiner titles. If you are a die hard Weiner fan, you have no choice but to read The Next Best Thing -- and you will likely find something to enjoy, but if you are a Weiner newbie ... I cannot completely recommend The Next Best Thing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1240)
    Performance
    (1077)
    Story
    (1070)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Fun! Fun! Fun!"
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    This book starts out with a bang when Poppy loses her engagement ring and mobile phone at an event that is supposed to be serving as her bridal tea. The ensuing scene has her signing and dancing for a Japanese businessman after she finds the discarded mobile phone of an executive assistant who has quit her job for a high-powered executive. To say this book starts out with a bang and keeps that pace throughout is an understatement. It's funny, tender, warm-hearted, charming, and sweet!

    I especially enjoyed Jayne Entwistle's performance. It was worth a credit and the hours I spent listening. I can highly recommend especially if you are a fan of Ms. Kinsella!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1277)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (478)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Laughed Listening in Car... Delivered on Promise!"
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    I am not ashamed to say that I am falling in love with Sophie Kinsella's books! She had me when Emma admitted to suffering from an uncomfortable thong her boyfriend bought her 2-sizes too small because she lied to him about her weight ... but just by one digit! I laughed so hard listening to this book while driving to and from work that I became self-conscious in the same way you might while singing along to a favorite tune.

    Kate Reading was a pleasant narrator and the story moved along .. but somehow it was the combination of both that was even better than the individual parts. I found myself sharing specific vignettes I had bookmarked with friends and colleagues at work .. and they were laughing right along with me.

    If you are looking for some escapist chick lit and want a quick satisfying listen that you can depend on for a laugh and a smile and a happy ending ... this is for you! If you are a bonafide love cynic .. move on, there's nothing for you here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken for You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Stephanie Kallos
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (91)

    When we meet septuagenarian Margaret Hughes, she is living alone in a mansion in Seattle with only a massive collection of valuable antiques for company. Enter Wanda Schultz, a young woman with a broken heart who has come to Seattle to search for her wayward boyfriend. Both women are guarding dark secrets and have spent many years building up protective armor against the outside world.

    Barbara says: "Wonderful story of mending and redemption"
    "Original Book; Amazing Performance by Anna Fields!"
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    Listening to this story was quite an experience. The reader's performance was fantastic -- among the best I've ever listened to. The book was somehow very slow to unfold but then very quick to wrap up. It seemed there was a lot of prelude -- and then from the point of the car accident on -- it was like the author was on a downhill wrap up -- working sometimes too hard to tie up all of the loose ends. Through it all, even when I was frustrated with the above mentioned issues with the story -- I was enchanted YES enchanted by the reader.

    I was sad to learn that Ms. Fields passed away in a flash flood while trying to rescue her recording equipment and found myself deeply moved by her obituary as it aired on NPR -- that I found in my google search of her. I would recommend this book simply for the reader's performance. It was amazing listening to her tell me a story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Note

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Donna VanLiere
    • Narrated By Donna VanLiere
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    From author of The Christmas Hope series, which has enthralled millions, comes a new inspirational novel about an unlikely friendship between two women, but one that will change each of their lives forever. Gretchen Daniels has recently moved into an apartment with her two children to be closer to her mother, Miriam. She and her children are building a life together in a new community when a mysterious young woman, Melissa McCreary, moves into the apartment next to them.

    Debbie says: "Warm Christmas Story of Hope"
    "Became a Fan Reading this Book"
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    This is the first time of read Donna VanLiere. While I found the story a little far-fetched I did appreciate the spirit of the book, and look forward to reading more VanLiere titles. I enjoyed reading about the depth of feeling between the characters and enjoyed reading such an uplifting story during the holiday season. I could easily recommend this book as a good read to any friend or family member, especially if they were looking for a feel good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallflower in Bloom

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Deirdre Griffin has a great life; it's just not her own. She's the around-the-clock personal assistant to her charismatic, high-maintenance, new-age-guru brother, Tag. As the family wallflower, her only worth seems to be as gatekeeper to Tag at his New England seaside compound. Then Deirdre's sometimes-boyfriend informs her that he is marrying another woman, who just happens to be having the baby he told Deirdre he never wanted.

    Sherri says: "What a great book!!"
    "Claire Cook Champions the Reinvention, Again!"
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    I enjoy Claire Cook's straightforward storytelling. Once again a woman who is under appreciated by those around her and maybe a bit uninspired by her own life gets a makeover. This was a fun read and I enjoyed the Dancing with the Stars references. While her books sometimes seem to wrap up a bit too neatly, I always find myself intrigued by the idea of her stories and I always find time to listen to them quickly. I enjoyed Cassandra Campbell. If you like Claire Cook you won't be disappointed by this title.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Best Staged Plans: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Claire Cook
    • Narrated By Janet Metzger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    As a professional home stager, Sandy Sullivan is an expert at transforming cluttered rooms into attractive houses ready for sale. If only reinventing her life were as easy as choosing the perfect paint color. She’s eager to put her family’s suburban Boston home on the market, to downsize, and to simplify her own life. But she must first deal with her foot-dragging husband and her grown son, who has moved back home after college to inhabit the basement “bat cave.” After reading them the riot act, Sandy takes a job staging a boutique hotel in Atlanta recently acquired by her best friend’s boyfriend.

    L.W. says: "In..Ter..Rest..ing"
    "Laughed Out Loud in the First Few Chapters ...."
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    I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would based on the reviews I had read. I found myself laughing out loud at the incident of the rotten chicken left in the refrigerator.

    I like the way that Claire Cook examines the stages of women's lives when reinvention seems to be the best available option. As someone who is faceing a reinvention -- it was perfectly timed for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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